Clayton Library Friends
PO Box 271078
Houston, TX 77277-1078

Clayton Library
5300 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004-6896


(Closed on City of Houston Holidays.)

Sunday: CLOSED
Monday:  CLOSED
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-8pm
Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm


Clayton Library Friends
Partner Societies

The Afro-American
Historical and Genealogical Society 


The Atascocita-Kingwood
Genealogical Society


The Bay Area
Genealogical Society


The Baytown
Historical Preservation Association


Heritage Society


Texas Research Ramblers
Genealogical Society


The Greater Houston Jewish
Genealogical Society


The Houston
Genealogical Forum


The Humble Area
Genealogical Society


The Matagorda County
Genealogical Society




On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, the Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, UDC, will open a unique exhibit at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library, 5300 Caroline Street, Houston, Texas, featuring the life-size bronze statues of Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen, the co-founders of Houston.

After the library exhibit, the statues will be permanently installed in the space originally reserved for them on the eastside terrace of the City Hall entrance on the existing limestone pedestals.

The exhibit will be open through Saturday, October 31, 2015.

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The CLF November Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015. The meeting will be held in the Carriage House Meeting Room at Clayton Library. Registration will start at 10:15 AM and the meeting will begin at 10:30 AM. Speaker, John D. Reveille, MD, will be presenting Genes, History, and the Development of Autoimmunity. The program covers man's journey out of Africa, with the development of ethnicity and the immune system, adapting to local environmental challenges, ultimately leading to immune-mediated diseases.

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Genealogy Roadshow

Genealogy Roadshow (GR) is coming to Houston, Texas, Sunday, November 22, 2015 (Updated) due to area genealogists submitting their stories and to the efforts of Clayton Library Friends. It will be take place at the historic Julia Ideson Library, 500 McKinney Avenue, Downtown Houston, which is adjacent to the newer Houston Public Central Library building.

You still can submit your stories to the Genealogy Roadshow at www.grcasting.com. GR wants Local & National Genealogical Associations, Societies, Genealogy Vendors and Local Genealogists to be part of their show by exhibiting your products and services. Come and get your message out to the public! GR is offering a FREE table and space along with immeasurable exposure! The people staffing the tables may work in shifts but a volunteer must be at their tables at ALL times. Set up is at 8:00 AM and close at 6:30 PM or until taping is finished. Space is limited so reserve your spot now. 

Josh Taylor, Kenyatta Berry, Mary Tedesco, the PBS Network and the show's producers invite all to participate in their Genealogy Roadshow. The tapings provide you a unique opportunity to expand your database and increase your clientele. Bring with you any products for sale or display books, software, online services, or promotional information. To reserve a table, please contact Lisa Hope at Lisabhope@yahoo.com or call 323-839–6387.

Season 3 of PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is underway and will premiere nationally in summer of 2016. GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is part detective story, and part emotional journey. After participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. These answers will be revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to each city.

Genealogy Roadshow is looking forward to seeing you at the show and Clayton Library Friends is welcoming all to participate and to seeing you at the program in Houston, Texas ill! Keep checking with Clayton Library Friends website for updated details.

[Click Here To View How To Submit A Story]

Genealogy Roadshow Exhibitor Deal Terms & Agreement

 If you wish to exhibit at a FREE table provided by Genealogy Roadshow (GR) during the show, they tell us that you must complete and return this form (link below) to Genealogy Roadshow. GR is requesting your permission to be included in their ad campaigns in the media. GR may mention your organization in either print, television, radio or social media. This permission does not guarantee a mention in any ads. If you reserve a table, please let GR know asap if you DO NOT wish to have your organization's name mentioned. Also please complete the attached Exhibitor agreement and return directly to Genealogy Roadshow ASAP to Lisa Hope at Lisabhope@yahoo.com or call her with questions at 323-839-6387.

[GR Exhibitor Form]


You can earn your “wings” by donating for one or more periodicals requested by Clayton Library for 2016. Non-specific donations are always welcome. All donations to the Angel Program will be acknowledged in the CLF newsletter, unless otherwise requested. Memorial donations will be acknowledged upon request.

The new list is available here.

Please contact Liz Hicks, 746 Edgebrook Dr., Houston, TX 77034-2030, phone: (713) 944-1118, or e-mail:erootrot@usa.net for questions. Checks should be made payable to Clayton Library Friends, and mailed to: P.O. Box 271078, Houston, TX 77277-1078. If donation is in memory or honor of someone(s), please enclose a note with your check.


On the left side of our homepage;is a list of genealogical organizations that belong to CLF. When they are hosting a special event we are happy to show it here and on our calendar [tab above].

Would you like to make a donation to Clayton Library Friends In Honor Of, or In Memory Of someone special?

Use this Donation Form.

The new books at Clayton Library can be found here.

Check out the new links on the Resource tab above.

Clayton Library Is An Affiliate of LDS Library In Salt Lake. Now film can be ordered online.

Clayton Library is a partner of the Family History Library (FHL) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in Salt Lake City. Clayton Library users have the opportunity to find the needed film in the LDS Catolog, order LDS microfilm and other materials directly from the Family History Library, ordering from home and paying for them with Visa and MasterCard, and view them on-site at Clayton Library.

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Clayton Library has an exciting EMail Newsletter brought to your Inbox

The Houston Public Library (HPL) and the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research  produces an email newsletter, Clayton Town Crier. The staff at the Clayton Library offers this newsletter to broaden readers' knowledge of the exciting genealogy research resources available at Clayton. The timely and easily readable information is delivered quarterly to friends, genealogical society members, the genealogical community or anyone interested!

You are invited to receive a free subscription at: [Click on the word Genealogy to read the current Clayton Town Crier]

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